Sunday, June 2, 2013

The Rogue Steals a Bride by Amelia Grey + Featured Freebie

The Rogue Steals a Bride (The Rogues' Dynasty, #6)Matson Brentwood has finally met the woman of his dreams. The lovely, red-haired Sophia Hart heats his blood like no other lady. Her alluring countenance has stopped him dead in his tracks. But no matter how attracted he is to her, he can’t give into his desire to possess her in every way because she is the ward of the man he’s sworn to hate. 

Newly arrived in London, Miss Sophia Hart is in need of a husband, but not for herself. She has twin, spinster aunts and one of them has decided she wants a man. Sophia agrees to help her aunt by allowing older gentlemen to call on her and then make sure Auntie spends more time in the gentleman’s company than Sophia does. But when Sophia meets the darkly handsome and intriguing Mr. Matson Brentwood, she knows that for the first time, she in danger of losing her heart.

But there’s more than just an adversarial guardian and a long list of beaus standing between Sophia and Matson. Sophia promised her dying father she would honor his lifelong plan for her as an heiress and marry a titled gentleman. Matson isn’t titled so she must deny her love for him and make up to her father for costing him the love of his life.

My Rating: 5 Roses
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What is a man to do when the love of his life is strictly off limits? In this charming romance, we find out exactly what. The Rogue Steals a Bride was a wonderful read, just perfect!

I was a bit worried going into this book. I've read another book that featured a heroine intent on marrying only a titled gentleman. And I didn't like that book. At all. So, I was worried that the same thing would happen in this book. Thankfully, it turns out I didn't have to worry. This book was an absolutely fantastic romance.

Sophia feels like she owes it to her father to fulfill his final request for her to marry a title. And since, she is a woman of her word, she is intent on doing just that. This is the part that I was worried about, because I could have easily gotten annoyed with Sophia's stubbornness about marrying a title when a perfect man was right in front of her. However, I still liked Sophia. She wasn't looking for a title to be obnoxious and superior. She is a woman of her word and I appreciated that she wouldn't break a vow to her father. And, in the end, she knew when she needed to change her mind. She was a determined, kind, rebel-at-heart heroine. Overall, I really liked her.

Matson was amazing right from the beginning. He had my heart within the first chapter. He was sweet, determined to win the love of his life, and utterly lovable. There isn't much that I can say other than he was perfect. And I adored him.

The romance had sparks flying from the beginning. As soon as Sophia and Matson met, things were sizzling between them. Despite the obstacles, the romance grew quickly. These two were very sweet together. I loved how both of them knew there was something between them immediately. And they didn't play coy about it, wallowing in denial. And there was definitely a healthy helping of spice with them. The fact that a relationship between them was forbidden made the spice even more intense. Altogether, a great couple.

I loved Sophia's aunts! They were fantastic characters. They added a nice subplot and a ton of humor. Seriously, they were some of the best secondary characters ever.

The plot was fast paced. I was hooked immediately and riveted throughout the rest of the book. I could not put this book down. And the ending was perfect, with a little surprise romance for a couple of other characters.

The Rogue Steals a Bride was a brilliant historical romance. Lovers of the genre, you must read this book!

*Thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for a copy!
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It was meant to be a duel like any other—defend a lady's reputation, teach a scamp a lesson in honor, and win the day. But from the first moment Keene Davies raises the cursed pistol things go awry. The shot goes astray, he wounds his best friend, and his displeased father threatens to disinherit him—unless he marries a scandalous little hoyden named Sophie.

Unbeknownst to Keene, Sophie Farthing has grown into a lovely young woman, albeit one still inclined to fall into scrapes. Her high spirits and tendency to ride hell bent for leather lead her into more than one disaster, but she's bound to make the most of this unexpected marriage to Keene. She's determined to teach her husband that honor begins with the heart, not the handle of a pistol, and that passion should go hand in glove with love...

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